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Old 04-06-2013, 10:45 PM   #271
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Your CC Day looks sooo restful!!! Hope ours is next month!!!!!
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Once again your drinks look quite refreshing and the beach looks like it would be incredibly hard to leave.

I have to ask - why does the top of the Corona look like a funnel? I have never seen that before. Sure makes getting the lime in there a lot easier.
You are so right on the beach being VERY hard to leave. I always make sure now, that I have another cruise booked, so I know we WILL be back.

As for the Corona bottle ..... no idea why it is shaped like this, but just so you know, the bottle is actually plastic and I think they use it instead of a glass.
Now, that didn't help much, did it?


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This is the cabana we booked for our June 27 Sailing on the Dream. I can't wait, we are so excited. First time on the Dream, 3rd DCL cruise.

Love your report!!!
You are so going to love the Cabana, it is such a treat to have one, even though the beach does not get crowded.
Don't forget to use the tubes and floats that are included in the price!
The DREAM is beautiful!


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Love the trip report so far! Just started reading it earlier today and read it off and on until I got all caught up! You are making me want to do a cruise. I've always said the cruises weren't for me because I'd rather be in the parks but wow! Your day in the cabana sounds so relaxing and wonderful. Can't wait for the rest of the report
I am glad you like the report so far.
You know, I was just like you before our first cruise. We were always happiest in the parks, and were sure we were not cruise people. Then, after just one day on the Wonder we were hooked. There is something so relaxing and wonderful about being on a ship (a DISNEY ship, that is). I am sure you would love it too.
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Your CC Day looks sooo restful!!! Hope ours is next month!!!!!
The Family beach may be more lively, Rosie, and I would advise you to stay there, as there is NO lifeguard on duty at Serenity Bay.
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Old 04-07-2013, 04:37 AM   #273
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Half term vacation 2013, Feb 16 - Feb 24

Day 4, February 19




“I could get used to this!” - part 6

So at 5.45 we arrived at the Enchanted Garden and were quickly led to our table.
Ana was already waiting and our assistant server stopped by to ask for our drinks order and explained to us that they were offering special light up glasses on Pirate night. Well, we could not say no to that offer, so we both ordered our Diet Coke in a light up glass,



Tom ordered a



Coors Light, while I ordered



the Captain’s Treasure, Absolute Mandarin, Peach Schnapps and Orange Juice. While we were waiting for our drinks we tried



the Johnny Cakes, which were served with



a pigeon pea relish. Well, both were not our favourite thing, so after a small piece we both gave up on it. In the meantime our drinks had been served and soon after our starters were served. Tom had ordered



the Caribbean-style Conch Chowder, with sherry, sweet peppers, onions, tomatoes, thyme, and garnished with diced potatoes and crispy bacon bits and I had chosen



Blackbeard’s Jumbo Crab Cake, with a golden raisin-carrot and coconut slaw served with a spicy Calypso dressing. Both were very nice and we enjoyed them a lot. Ana kept stopping by as most of her diners had decided to eat somewhere else.



Once we had finished our appetizers and our plates had been cleared away, our main courses were served. Now I am not a huge fan of the pirate menu, so I had decided to stick with the “healthier” option for the night. I had ordered



the baked salmon, served with a baked potato and some vegetables. Tom found something on the pirate menu that tickled his fancy,



Jack Sparrow’s Barbecue Marinated Beef Short Ribs, rubbed beef short ribs with tamarind-barbecue sauce served with onion red bliss mashed potatoes and plantain chip. Even though my salmon was a bit on the dry side, we both finished most of our main courses. Then it was time for dessert. Tom chose



the Fruit Cobbler, with vanilla ice cream, while I was already pretty full and just opted for



the Crunch Time Sundae, Rum Raisin Ice Cream, pineapple, whipped cream and croquant. When we were finally done with our dinner we realized that most of the other diners had already left, but we had had a lot of fun with Ana and our assistant server, so that we never even noticed how time had flown by. So, after we had finished our desserts we left the restaurant and went back to our stateroom.
We again emptied out the fish extender and rested for a little while, before we went to hand out the last round of fish extender gifts. Everyone got a different gift, so this took a little more organizing, but we managed in the end. It had taken a little longer than usual though.
Once we were done, we did a little more shopping and then headed back to our stateroom. There were two more things we wanted to do and see that day, the Fireworks at sea and the Pirate buffet.
So after putting our feet up for a short while we headed upstairs to deck 12 to view the fireworks. They had closed the exit we usually take, so we had to walk out at the other side and walk all around the funnel.



We seemed to be a bit early as there was still loads of space to be found. Once we had staked our claim, we looked around and saw some ships out there in the ocean. Charging by all the lights they were cruise ships like ours. It is so fun to see that right before the Disney ship’s fireworks, there are other ships close by to enjoy the fireworks as well. The fireworks started a few minutes late, but were fun and impressive like always.







After the fireworks we walked back down to deck 10, back to the aft staircase and up one deck to Cabanas to pick up some goodies at the Pirate buffet. We were amazed to see that not too many people were already taking advantage of the buffet and we picked up a plate each to fill them and take back to our stateroom. Tom loaded





two wraps,



a gigantic turkey leg and some small braided breads on his, while I filled mine up with desserts,





a chocolate fudge cake,



a very sweet cake with lots of nuts,



a profiterole and



a cake covered in coconut. Plates filled we headed downstairs again and into our stateroom, set the small coffee table with some drinks and savoury and sweet treats while watching a movie on TV. It was getting pretty late and after we had finished our food feast, we sat outside on the balcony with a nightcup for a while before we called it a day.

To be continued ...........
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The Pirate menu is my least favorite too. Though I have found something I do like. I can't think of the name now, but it's a past with marinara and shrimp and scallops (I think). That so far is the best thing I have had. I think I discpvered it on the Magic and I am pretty sure I had it on the Dream too.
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You are so right on the beach being VERY hard to leave. I always make sure now, that I have another cruise booked, so I know we WILL be back.

As for the Corona bottle ..... no idea why it is shaped like this, but just so you know, the bottle is actually plastic and I think they use it instead of a glass.
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Four more months for us until two more days there.



You are so going to love the Cabana, it is such a treat to have one, even though the beach does not get crowded.
Don't forget to use the tubes and floats that are included in the price!
The DREAM is beautiful!




I am glad you like the report so far.
You know, I was just like you before our first cruise. We were always happiest in the parks, and were sure we were not cruise people. Then, after just one day on the Wonder we were hooked. There is something so relaxing and wonderful about being on a ship (a DISNEY ship, that is). I am sure you would love it too.
More coming up soon.




The Family beach may be more lively, Rosie, and I would advise you to stay there, as there is NO lifeguard on duty at Serenity Bay.
I don't plan on letting any of them do much more than paddle and last year the group went to Serenity !!! So we will see what the guys are like !! I f I have just 1 I think might go in too far we will not go or he will be tied to CarolE
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Karin Do you have the menu for Pirate's night !!! I don't see it on the menus !!What time is the Pirate buffet served ???? I have to say that crab cake looked yummy!!! I have heard that the healthy choices are kinda bland !!!
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The Corona bottle is shaped like that so they can easily pour the glass bottle into the plastic one since they don't want glass on the beach. Read it in another TR. It is genius. And perfect for taking home to add a shot of Patron to your Corona.
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The Pirate menu is my least favorite too. Though I have found something I do like. I can't think of the name now, but it's a past with marinara and shrimp and scallops (I think). That so far is the best thing I have had. I think I discpvered it on the Magic and I am pretty sure I had it on the Dream too.
I know the pasta dish you are referring to, Jen. Tom has had it before and liked it. It is just that there is nothing that really "wows" me.
The menu is the same on all four ships, so for the Fantasy we plan on having a meal at Palo on Pirate nights.


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I just wanted to let you know that there are no lifeguards, Rosie. If they are good swimmers - no problem, just keep your eyes on the "not so good" swimmers, especially since the beach is quite shallow in parts and you have to wade WAY out!

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Karin Do you have the menu for Pirate's night !!! I don't see it on the menus !!What time is the Pirate buffet served ???? I have to say that crab cake looked yummy!!! I have heard that the healthy choices are kinda bland !!!
Rosie, there is a menu on allears (go to the DCL section and on the left hand side it says menus - the Pirate menus are the same on all ships.
The food is not bad, it is just not my favourite menu and it is the one I have no problem missing.
Since this is all of you's first DCL cruise, you should try it - the servers are all dressed up!
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The Corona bottle is shaped like that so they can easily pour the glass bottle into the plastic one since they don't want glass on the beach. Read it in another TR. It is genius. And perfect for taking home to add a shot of Patron to your Corona.
Thank you! I asked Tom the same thing today and he explained it exactly as you did!
Oh, and btw I had several of those babies to transport home.
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Checked out the menu on allears and I see a couple of things I would like , so feeling more at ease now !!
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Checked out the menu on allears and I see a couple of things I would like , so feeling more at ease now !!
I am glad you found it, Rosie and found something you like. The menu is not bad, but just our least favourite.
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Even though the pirate dinner isn't your favorite it sounds like you got lots of extra time with Ana! The desserts off the buffet later that night looked delicious
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Between dinner and then the buffet... you must have been stuffed!!! I have to say though the pirate menu doesn't seem quite as impressive...

Fireworks look very pretty.
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I have been in Florida for 5 weeks, just returned & am now trying to get caught up before I start on my TR.
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Even though the pirate dinner isn't your favorite it sounds like you got lots of extra time with Ana! The desserts off the buffet later that night looked delicious
It's not that the Pirate dinner is not a nice one as well, it is just the one that appeals the least to us. But for the chance of spending more time with Ana we even could "find" something on that menu.
We always want to do the buffet, but usually are just too stuffed as we usually have late dinner seating. This time we were lucky, since we had early seating and there had been more than 4 hours between meals.
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Between dinner and then the buffet... you must have been stuffed!!! I have to say though the pirate menu doesn't seem quite as impressive...

Fireworks look very pretty.
Ann, since we had early dinner seating (5.45!! ) and the buffet were about 5 hours, so time to "digest".

About the menu - it is just that I am not very keen on some of the combinations. And being European I am still hesitant about asking for substitutions. (Here, you order what's on the menu and that's it - no swapping around of items, well maybe fries for mash or something )

The fireworks on board are so neat! They cannot be compared to the ones in the park, but for fireworks out at sea they are just absolutely awesome.


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I have been in Florida for 5 weeks, just returned & am now trying to get caught up before I start on my TR.
I am glad to have you back, Doris. But I have to say, that your vacation went by soooooooo fast. Hope you had a lot of fun ..... can't wait for your TR.
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